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Poster: Blade_Runner Date: Sep 6, 2010 10:02am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Copyright limit,,,, just wondering

Can a film be renewed indefinitely or is there a limit to how long a film can remain under copyright and automatically becomes PD?

I know American films made before 1923 are PD does this date ever shift upwards?

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Poster: skybandit Date: Sep 6, 2010 12:23pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Copyright limit,,,, just wondering

According to the Digital Copyright Slider, as of 1989 copyright runs for the lifetime of the author (or longest-lived author if there was more than one) plus 70 years, or until the year 2047, whichever is longer. Anonymous works have a lifetime of 120 years. Products of corporate authorship are copyrighted for 95 years after publication or 120 years from creation, whichever is longer. For films, I believe the "authors" are the scriptwriter and director, but maybe the producer too, I'm not sure. I am sure there's more to it than this, but I'm not the one to ask about it! :)

This post was modified by skybandit on 2010-09-06 19:22:06

This post was modified by skybandit on 2010-09-06 19:23:00

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Poster: Mystic550 Date: Sep 6, 2010 1:04pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Copyright limit,,,, just wondering

It should be whichever is shorter. This is from the copyright circular from copyright.gov.

Works created on or after January 1, 1978
For works made for hire, and for anonymous and pseudonymous works (unless the author’s identity is revealed in Copyright Office records), the duration of copyright will be 95 years from first publication or 120 years from creation, whichever is shorter.

Films are considered a work for hire so they don't go by the life of the author rule

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Poster: skybandit Date: Sep 7, 2010 1:23am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Copyright limit,,,, just wondering

See? Told ya I wasn't the one to ask! :)